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Child support is a crucial part of family law that ensures children receive support from both parties following a divorce or separation. Child support is the right of the child and not the parents.

How is Child Support calculated in Florida?

Calculating child support in Florida can be a complex process. Florida utilizes Child Support Guidelines. Child Support Guidelines are a mathematical formula that takes into account different factors such as each parent’s income and the number of overnights the children spend with each parent.

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In addition to income, other factors are also considered when determining child support in Florida. These factors may include the child’s healthcare costs, childcare expenses, and educational needs.

Depending on how the spouses receive income, the child support calculation can be more complex such as when one of the parents own a business and in addition to receiving a salary, they are also receiving distributions from their business. Danielle Ostrovsky has years of experience in determining what income should be used for child support purposes.

Part of the child support calculation is to determine what percentage each parent will be responsible to pay for the children’s out-of-pocket extracurricular activities and medical expenses. This is called their “pro rata share”. The pro rata share is also part of the Child Support Guidelines calculation. 

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Can child support be modified?

Child support in Florida is not automatically modified if a parent’s income changes. In order to modify child support, a parent must petition the court and demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances, such as a permanent change in income.

At Ostrovsky Law Firm, we understand the complexities of child support calculations in Florida. Danielle has a deep understanding of Florida family law and will work tirelessly to ensure that your interests are protected. If you are facing a child support case individually or as part of a divorce, Danielle can provide the guidance and representation you need to navigate the legal process successfully. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.

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FAQs

Child support is calculated using a formula. This formula takes into account a variety of factors including the gross incomes of both parties, the number of children involved, the number of overnights that the children spend with each parent, and the amount of the children’s health insurance. The amount reduces as each child emancipates. The formula is displayed on a document called a Child Support Guidelines Worksheet.

Child support is paid until the children reach the age of 18. However, if by the time the children reach the 18 and they have not yet graduated from high school, then child support will continue until the children reach the age of 19. If they graduate after they reach the age of 18 but not yet 19, the child support stops when they graduate.

No, unless it is specifically outlined in the Marital Settlement Agreement or Final judgment, payments made directly to the child are considered voluntary contributions and credit is not provided unless specifically mandated by the Court or by agreement of the parties.

On the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, there will be a percentage listed for the Mother and a percentage listed for the Father. Each parent is responsible to pay for the minor child’s out-of-pocket medical expenses based on their percentage listed on the Child Support Guidelines Worksheet, which is called their pro rata share. In certain circumstances, the parties may agree to another arrangement.

What is the difference between child support and alimony?

Child support and alimony are distinct legal concepts, each serving different purposes in family law. Here are the key differences between child support and alimony:

Purpose:

  • Child Support: Primarily intended to provide financial assistance for the needs of the children, including basic necessities such as food, housing, education, and healthcare.
  • Alimony: Aimed at providing financial support to a spouse, typically the one with lower income or financial need, following a divorce or separation.
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